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Discover Saxony (6000)

8 Day Tour from Berlin to Berlin

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This exciting vacation starts and ends in Berlin, the lively capital of Germany. In between, enjoy a 5-night stay in the capital of Saxony—Dresden. Included city sightseeing here introduces you to this fine city that is reborn since reunification. Visit the rebuilt Frauenkirche, and Rococo-style Zwinger Palace. Dresden will be your base for interesting day trips, including a visit to the Meissen Porcelain Workshop to see how the city’s world-famous pottery is made; to Erfurt to explore the city where Goethe, Luther, Schiller, and Bach spent time; and to Weimar, authentic birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. In Colditz, visit the renaissance castle to learn about its surprising history as a WWII POW camp. Also visit the world’s first Protestant Church in Torgau, and consider ordering your next car as you walk around the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. Finally, on the way back to Berlin, stop in Potsdam to stroll around Sanssouci Palace & Gardens, former summer residence of Fredrick the Great.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Meissen, Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, Potsdam

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Saxony

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Classical Weimar

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Berlin, Germany

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the German capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Berlin–Dresden

On this morning’s included guided sightseeing, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East sides separated into two different worlds, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden, and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, modern architectural styles. Once again, Berlin is Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities. Consider joining an optional tour before heading towards Dresden.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Dresden. Excursion to Meissen

Situated near the Czech border, Dresden was long hailed as the “Jewel Box” because of its opulent rococo and baroque city center overflowing with grand architecture, impressive museums, orchestras of worldwide reputation, and notable art treasures. Capital of Saxony and the third-largest city in eastern Germany, it suffered heavy Allied bombing in February 1945, but has restored its baroque splendor over the decades. This morning's guided tour of Dresden starts with a visit to the newly rebuilt CHURCH OF OUR LADY FRAUENKIRCHE, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe, and ZWINGER PALACE, which originally served as the orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. This afternoon, travel along the riverbanks of the Elbe and stop in Meissen, “Cradle of Saxony” and home to fantastic fairytale architecture. Due to the extensive deposits of china clay and potter’s clay in the area, Meissen is also renowned for its fine porcelain. Production of Meissen porcelain dates back to 1710 and was the first high-quality porcelain manufactured outside the Orient. Visit the MEISSEN PORCELAIN WORKSHOP for insight into the history, art, and creation of this elegant pottery. Later tonight, consider joining the optional dinner cruise on the Elbe River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Dresden. Excursion to Erfurt & Weimar

Visit two of Thuringia's most famous towns today. First is Erfurt with its richly decorated renaissance residences, known as the Blumenstadt, "City of Flowers." Human settlement here dates to prehistoric times, and the city attracted important figures throughout history, including Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and Bach, to name just a few. Next, stop in Weimar, hub of German Enlightenment and an influential cultural center. This is where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed, giving rise to the historical period known as the Weimar Republic. It was also birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Before returning to Dresden, consider joining an optional excursion to the former Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 At Leisure in Dresden

A day to discover Dresden on your own, or consider joining an optional excursion to Colditz Castle, a renaissance castle overlooking the town, river, and lush surrounding forests. Its grandeur conceals its surprising history as a high-security POW camp during WWII for Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped other camps. Your guided visit offers fascinating insight into the lives of the guards and prisoners, displaying the escape tunnels, false uniforms, diaries, fake documents, and other escape equipment. Later, head for Torgau, where U.S. and Soviet forces met up during the “East Meets West” invasion of Germany in 1945. Visit the world’s first Protestant church in Hartenfels Castle, whose chapel was consecrated by Martin Luther in 1544 during the Protestant Reformation. Return to Dresden for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Dresden. Excursion to Leipzig

An important trade city dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, Leipzig grew into a major European center of culture and learning, and was a hub for great composers such as Bach, Wagner, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. It is home to an appealing renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses and residences of rich merchants, and St. Nicholas Church, the site of peaceful demonstrations against communist rule in 1989. Leipzig is also known for its automobile industry. Why not place an order for your next car during the included visit to the PORSCHE FACTORY?

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 Dresden–Potsdam–Berlin

Today, we head north to visit Potsdam, one of Germany’s major centers of science and learning since the 19th century. The city rose to international prominence in the summer of 1945 as host site of the Potsdam Conference, where Allied victors Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered at Cecilienhof Palace to decide the future of Germany and post-war Europe. Visit SANSSOUCI Palace & Gardens, former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Meaning “without worries,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often considered a German rival of France’s lavish Palace of Versailles. See the terraced garden, lush flora, and the complex fountain system—a great thorn in Frederick’s side as he fought in vain to get the hydraulics working. Return to Berlin for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

VJENCESLAV ZATKOVIC

Years of Experience: 26

I decided to become a Tour Director in order to see the world-and lose weight. Unfortunately, the latter is impossible in Slovenia and Croatia, because the food is incredible. Still, it was worth a try! Since those early years I've discovered that the reality of travel is better than I ever imagined. Every day is different, and there is always something new to see and learn.

Tour Director - VJENCESLAV ZATKOVIC

 Accommodations

BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
DRESDEN NH Neustadt (F)
BERLIN Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Berlin
Dresden

Berlin

An Insight Into World War II and Cold War
An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

Complete your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII. Stop by the Wannsee Conference House where the final solution was discussed, then move near the Allied Museum to see the world famous "Candy Bomber" Airlift. Finally visit the Nuclear Bomb Shelter built on 1974 to provide a defense to more than 3000 people in case of nuclear attack. A moving, thrilling and involving experience that cannot be missed!

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person

Dresden

Buchenwald Concentration Camp
Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Buchenwald Concentration Camp

You will be taken by coach to the former concentration camp near Weimer, which in 1958 was created as a memorial to the victims, giving visitors a chance to learn how the prisoners were forced to suffer. Take a guided tour of the memorial site and see a documentary film on the history of the concentration camp.

Approximate value: €20 EUR per person

Torgau and Colditz Castle
Torgau and Colditz Castle

Torgau and Colditz Castle

Depart from Dresden and reach Colditz Castle, a beautiful Renaissance building that was also a prisoner camp during the World War II. Discover the history of this place during the inside visit with local guide. Later reach the picturesque city of Torgau to see the peaceful Hartenfels Castle courtyard with the Castle Church, the first Protestant church building in history. Return to Dresden.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

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